USDA NASS Regional Release


LAKEWOOD, Colo. – August 5, 2019 – As the 2019 crop production season continues, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be contacting producers nationwide to determine the production and supply of small grains in the United States.

“Each year, the agriculture industry eagerly awaits USDA’s Small Grains Summary, which provides the final estimates for small grains to include wheat, oats, barley and rye,” said Bill Meyer, Director, Mountain Regional field Office. “The small grains industry is an important part of agriculture and it is crucial for all involved with the agriculture sector to have accurate data about this key sector of the economy.”

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08-06-19 USDA NASS Colorado Land Values and Cash Rents Report

USDA NASS Regional Release

USDA NASS Colorado Land Values and Cash Rents Report


The 2019 Arizona average farmland real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, was $3,800 per acre. This is an increase of 0.5 percent from 2018 and 0.8 percent from 2017. The average value of cropland and irrigated cropland was $7,600, down 0.1 percent from 2018. Pasture values were not published for Arizona to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.

Average cash rent for irrigated cropland in Arizona was $249.00 per acre in 2019. Average cash rent for pasture was $2.00 per acre in 2019.


The 2019 Colorado average farmland real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, was $1,570 per acre. This is an increase of 0.6 percent from 2018 and 1.9 percent from 2017. The average value of cropland was $2,160, up 2.9 percent from 2018. The average value of irrigated cropland was $5,100, up 1.0 percent from the previous year, and the average value of non-irrigated cropland was $1,370, unchanged from the previous year. Pasture values were up 1.2 percent from 2018 at $845 per acre.

Average cash rent for irrigated cropland in Colorado was $151.00 per acre in 2019. Average cash rent for non-irrigated cropland was $29.00 per acre in 2019. Average cash rent for pasture was $6.10 per acre in 2019.

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08-06-19 Bennet Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Secure Rural Schools Program

Bennet Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Secure Rural Schools Program

Funding Provides Certainty for Rural Schools, Critical County Services in 43 Colorado Counties

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today announced he is a cosponsor of legislation to extend the U.S. Forest Service’s Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination Program (SRS) through Fiscal Year 2020.

The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, which was first introduced in 2000, supports public schools, public roads, forest health projects, emergency services, and other essential county services for more than 775 counties around the country.

“The Secure Rural Schools program ensures rural communities across Colorado can make necessary investments in their schools, roads, and emergency services,” Bennet said. “It is incumbent on Congress to extend this program to provide local governments the resources they need and certainty for rural school districts that rely on these funds.”

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08-06-19 Culver’s® Announces Three FFA Essay Contest Winners

Culver’s® Announces Three FFA Essay Contest Winners

Chapters to receive total of $15,000 to fund FFA trips and education

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – August 6, 2019—When the average age of the American farmer is 58 and the number of farmers over the age of 65 outnumbers those under 35 by a margin of 6-to-1, it’s more important than ever to get young people interested in agriculture. After all, they’ll someday have a role in growing the food we eat.

This year’s Culver’s FFA Essay Contest focused on this idea by asking FFA members to write about the importance of getting more young people to join the agricultural industry. FFA members were also asked to share why their peers should be excited to be part of the industry.

The three winning students’ chapters listed below received a total of $15,000 from Culver’s to help fund educational initiatives, like a trip to the 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, 2019.

  • First place ($7,500): Madison D.’s Wakefield FFA Chapter in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Second place ($5,000): Will H.’s Durant FFA Chapter in Plant City, Florida
  • Third place ($2,500): Katelyn C.’s Cumberland County FFA Chapter in Crossville, Tennessee

“We loved reading about how excited and passionate FFA members are about agriculture and having more young people consider careers in the industry,” said Jessie Kreke, Culver’s senior marketing manager. “It’s clear that the future of agriculture is in great hands with these students!” Continue reading

08-06-19 SHIC Convenes Feed Ingredient Workshops to Address ASF Threat

SHIC Convenes Feed Ingredient Workshops to Address ASF Threat

August 6, 2019 – Ames, Iowa –  African swine fever (ASF) is creating major changes in global livestock feed ingredient and food trade. US pork producers feed imported swine feed ingredients, including vitamins and soybean products, from China where the ASF pandemic continues to grow. Responding to the potential threat posed to US swine herd health by these imported ingredients, which may be vectors for ASF transmission, the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) brought vitamin manufacturers and the soybean industry together for workshops in April and July. At each event, the purpose was to discuss and better understand how imported vitamin and soybean products relate to disease transmission. By conducting these events at the University of Minnesota, SHIC is facilitating engagement intended to prevent ASF introduction into the US via imported feed ingredients.

All documents from the workshops can be found on the SHIC website. Facilitating collaboration through organizing these workshops reflects SHIC’s mission to monitor and be prepared for emerging diseases, protecting US swine herd health, and producers’ livelihoods. Continue reading

08-06-19 WSGLT: Albert Sommers Chosen as Recipient of the 2019 Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award

From L-R: Jennifer Hayward, Jonita Sommers, Albert Sommers, Sue Sommers

WSGLT: Albert Sommers Chosen as Recipient of the 2019 Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust is happy to announce that Albert Sommers of Pinedale will be the recipient of the 2019 Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award.  Sommers is being recognized for his exceptional support of agricultural land conservation, private property, and water rights. Sommers was nominated by his sister Jonita Sommers, Pinedale NRCS District Conservationist Jennifer Hayward, and Wyoming Stock Growers Association Executive Vice-President Jim Magagna.

The Bucholz Conservation Award is given in memory of the late Dr. Kurt Bucholz, DVM, rancher from Carbon County, and early supporter of the WSGLT.  The Bucholz Award winner encompasses the values and stewardship goals that Kurt exemplified in his life.  Kurt had a unique understanding of water and land issues and worked to protect the historic water rights that are fundamental to the North Platte Valley. Continue reading

07-23-19 Make Plans To Attend CLA’s African Swine Fever Workshop in Greeley, CO on August 7th

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Make Plans To Attend CLA’s African Swine Fever Workshop in Greeley, CO on August 7th

African Swine Fever has decimated pork production in Southeast Asia. ASF’s impact has far reaching effects on Colorado’s protein industry. Experts will share a global outlook on the market impact, Colorado’s emergency response plan, secure pork plans/biosecurity protocols, vaccine development, & steps the U.S. has taken to keep ASF out.

African Swine Fever: Impact on Colorado Protein Producers

August 7th, 2019

1:15pm – 4:00pm

DoubleTree Hotel, Big Thompson A, 919 7th Street, Greeley, CO 80634

Register online by August 5th here http://bit.ly/ASFMeeting or call (970) 378-0500.

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08-06-19 Gardner, Tester, Hyde-Smith Succeed in Effort to Help Recruit and Retain Rural Doctors

Gardner, Tester, Hyde-Smith Succeed in Effort to Help Recruit and Retain Rural Doctors

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) applauded the newly finalized Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule to provide reimbursement for time that residents spend training at Critical Access Hospitals (CAH). Critical Access Hospitals serve rural communities and are facing a critical physician shortage.

Senators Gardner, Tester, and Hyde-Smith are authors of the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act, which included this policy and other proposals to strengthen the rural physician pipeline. The policy finalized by CMS makes significant improvements to the way rural residency training is reimbursed and will incentivize physicians to train and stay in rural areas.

“In Colorado and across the nation, rural areas are feeling the pain of driving significant distances as a result of the growing physician shortage in these underserved communities,” said Senator Gardner. “The greatest indicator of where doctors will practice is the location of their residency, and today’s final rule announcement is one step towards ensuring doctors are being recruited and retained in rural areas. I applaud CMS’s announcement and will continue to advocate for passage of the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act, commonsense legislation to remove barriers and level the playing field for residency training.” Continue reading


WELD COUNTY, CO — The efforts of the Board of County Commissioners to exercise local control over mineral resources in unincorporated Weld County have been further realized as the Weld County Oil and Gas Energy Department (OGED) officially opens for business today. The department is located at 1301 N. 17th Ave. in Greeley.
“Today is a big day for Weld County,” Weld County Commissioner Chair Barbara Kirkmeyer said. “This new department will provide clarity for the energy industry when it comes to permitting and serve as a central location for residents who have questions for the energy industry or want to get more information about drilling activity in Weld County.”

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08-06-19 CME Group: Confidence in the ag economy soars; producers confirm large prevented plantings of corn and soybeans

Confidence in the ag economy soars; producers confirm large prevented plantings of corn and soybeans. (Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer/James Mintert)

CME Group: Confidence in the ag economy soars; producers confirm large prevented plantings of corn and soybeans

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and CHICAGO, Aug. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer reading jumped to 153 in July, up 27 points from June, and up 52 points from May. Improving crop conditions after an extraordinarily wet planting season, combined with a late spring/early summer crop price rally, boosted farmer sentiment. This improvement occurred despite the fact that many producers were in the midst of filing prevented planting crop insurance claims and wondering about the size of the USDA’s 2019 Market Facilitation Payments (MFP). Results are based on a survey of 400 agricultural producers across the U.S. conducted from July 15 through July 19, 2019, which was prior to USDA’s announcement of 2019 MFP payment rates. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, August 6th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, August 6th

China Stops Purchases of U.S. Ag Products

China has reportedly told its commodity buyers to stop all imports of U.S. agricultural products. The move is in response to Trump’s planned tariff increase announced last week. Trump is using the tariffs to place pressure on China to reach a trade agreement. China also announced the devaluation of its currency Monday, an action a Rabobank researcher told Bloomberg News is “among the worst-case scenarios.” China appears to be waiting out the upcoming November 2020 U.S. elections to see if the political climate in the U.S. will change. The announcement Monday by China follows news that it was buying U.S. ag products, as promised in prior talks, just not at expected levels due to “market conditions.” China claims demand for soybeans is weak in the nation as African swine fever has reduced its hog herd and need for feed ingredients. Trump administration officials claimed over the weekend that significant ag purchases may keep the U.S. from enacting the next round of tariffs, before China halted all purchases.

Trade War Escalation Prompts Recession Fears

Trade war worries sent Wall Street retreating Monday as some experts fear the rest of the U.S. could join agriculture in a depressed economy. Experts from Morgan Stanley predict a global recession if the trade war escalates through Trump’s threatened additional 25 percent tariffs on China. Trump intends to implement 10 percent of the tariffs next month, the cause for China’s stoppage of U.S. ag purchases and devaluing its currency. Trump accused China of using the devaluation of its currency to retaliate against the U.S., but China’s central bank denied it made the move as an intentional response to the trade war. China still plans to retaliate against the U.S. tariffs that will start in September. Morgan Stanley representatives told CNBC Monday the firm believes a global recession will come in about nine months if the trade war further escalates. U.S. negotiators met with Chinese officials late last month and plan an additional round of talks at the beginning of September.

Farm Futures Survey Shows 2019 Planting Declines

Farmers report a significant decline in corn and soybean plantings in the 2019 annual Farm Futures crop production survey. Farm Futures announced the findings Monday, noting that farmers planted 83.5 million acres of corn this year, the lowest acreage since 2006. Meanwhile, estimated soybean acreage is down 15.3 million acres, or nine percent from last year, to 79.6 million total acres. The latest estimates form the Department of Agriculture predicted corn production at 14.42 billion bushels on 89.1 million acres. Farm Futures estimated corn yield at 167.2 bushels per acre, totaling a 12.7-billion-bushel crop, the smallest since 2012. Soybean yield is estimated at 48.4 bushels per acre, with total production of 3.8 billion, off 16 percent compared to USDA numbers. Farm Futures surveyed more than 1,150 farmers this summer online to gather its numbers. USDA will update its crop production numbers next Monday, when releasing the August World Agriculture Supply and Demand Report, and Pro Farmer will host its popular crop tour later this month.

US-EU Beef Deal Provides Opportunity

A new agreement between the European Union and the United States regarding beef trade presents an opportunity for U.S. ranchers. The Friday afternoon announcement allows sales of 35,000 metric tons of U.S. beef to the European Union. Current terms allow for only 18,500 metric tons. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says ranchers welcome the opportunity, but adds “it’s important for U.S. negotiators to remain committed to reaching a broad trade agreement with the EU.” National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president Jennifer Houston joined President Trump during the announcement and signing ceremony. Houston says of the announcement its “exciting to know European families will enjoy more” U.S. beef. The country-specific quota will benefit U.S. beef producers who participate in USDA’s non-hormone treated cattle program that was established in 1999. The Trump administration estimates that the quota will increase annual U.S. beef sales in Europe from $150 million to $420 million in year seven. In 2018, the U.S. exported $12.7 billion in agricultural products to the European Union.

Study Shows Beef Checkoff Impact on Demand

The combined benefit of Cattlemen’s Beef Board programs is 11.91 times more valuable than their costs, according to new research. A third-party assessment by Cornell University announced Monday details of the return on investment. Completed in June 2019, the study is based on a model which quantifies the relationship between the Cattlemen’s Beef Board’s marketing activities and domestic and international demand. It also compared the costs and benefits of those activities relative to producer and importer investments in the national portion of the Beef Checkoff program. Under existing U.S. law, the organization is required to have an independent analysis of the program’s economic effectiveness conducted at least once every five years. Chairman Chuck Coffey from Oklahoma says the results “tell us that we’re achieving” the goal of increasing beef demand worldwide. The study also found the activities have increased beef demand by 2.6 billion pounds per year between 2014-2018. Without a national checkoff, U.S. beef demand would have been 14.3 percent lower than levels seen in 2018.

AEM Partners with SkillsUSA to Tackle Skills Gap

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers recently announced a partnership with SkillsUSA to lessen the manufacturing skills gap. The partnership seeks to engage member companies with their communities and school children to develop opportunities in the skilled trades of equipment manufacturing. Julie Davis, AEM director of workforce development, says the partnership allows participants to “secure a bright future for the industry.” The Student Research Foundation says 64 percent of students enrolled in technical education after high school say their own interests and experiences have the strongest impact on what career path they choose. The partnership asks member companies to engage with students and show them what interests they may have in skilled labor trades, specific to equipment manufacturing and repair. SkillsUSA provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical learning in classrooms across the nation. More than 345,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA each year, and there are more than 19,000 local chapters across the nation introducing their members to skilled trades.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service